Santosh Trophy: Kerala trounce Andaman & Nicobar

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Kochi: Kerala scored an emphatic 9-0 win over Andaman and Nicobar in the Santosh Trophy South Zone Group B qualifiers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday.

Kerala, who thumped Lakshadweep 5-0 in their opener, meet Puducherry in their final fixture on Sunday. Kerala only need a draw to progress to next month's main round after Lakshadweep held Puducherry 1-1 in the second match.

Nijo Gilbert, Jesin and Safnad scored a brace for Kerala.

Gilbert broke the deadlock in the 39th minute, while Jesin scored a brace in injury time as the hosts led 3-0 at the half-time break.

Thomas made it 4-0 in the 64th and Jayaraj found the mark six minutes later.

Safnad (80), Gilbert (81) and Salman (85) pumped in three goals in quick succession. Safnad completed the tally in additional time with his second strike.

Andaman had suffered an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Puducherry in their opening match.

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